Despite the perception that beards must be shaved when summer arrives, beards can really be useful — and even keep you cool – in hot weather. Of course, we recognise the disadvantages of having more facial hair in the summer - beard sweats, patchy beard getting things caught, and queries about why you have a beard when it's so hot outside (because it's fantastic, that's why).
However, we wholeheartedly endorse the summer beard. Beards are in style this summer, and they aren't going anywhere. You simply need to adapt your beard care to counteract the heat in order to keep a healthy beard throughout the summer.
Winter warmth is associated with beards, but not for the reasons you may assume.
Because, while your scruff acts as a windshield and keeps you warm, it doesn't provide much insulation.
That means it will not retain heat throughout the sweltering summer months.
Some beardsmen even claim that their whiskers keep them cool by releasing heat as the hairs become damp from sweat, but we can't say for sure.
Beard care tips
- Wash your beard on a regular basis
The summer heat will cause you to sweat more, which will result in additional stickiness and dampness all over your face. Use a sulfate-free shampoo that won't dry out your skin to wash your beard more regularly than usual. This will get rid of any lingering sticky sensations as well as the dirt that builds up in our facial nets. To keep the skin and hair supple, finish with a mild conditioner. Use the conditioner along the beard line as well, as this is where the skin is drier.
Even if your beard isn't as warm as a woolen scarf, it can irritate your skin when it's hot and moist, making it all the more necessary to maintain it clean.
Use a specific cleanser to scrub it down every morning. This will get rid of any dirt or debris that has built up in your beard and is causing discomfort and itching.
- Emphasize the need of moisturizing
Beard hair is rougher than the rest of your body's hair, so it's critical to maintain it moisturized. If you don't, it'll irritate you even more in bad weather. To soften beard hair, eliminate itch, and regulate frizz, use a beard hair growth oil (which has a lighter consistency than beard balm).
- Always wear sunblock
Even in a sunscreen-heavy season, hair – both on top of your head and on your face – is neglected, but this will exacerbate brittle hair since the sun's rays break down hair cuticles, losing hair colour and drying out strands. Worse, the effects of the sun and surf are amplified in the summer.
Since staying inside for the entire summer is unlikely, we recommend taking a more practical approach and simply remembering to apply sunscreen to your beard. But don't start slathering on the thick white material meant for your body; instead, go for a hair-specific sunscreen. No matter what the weather throws at your hair, the sunscreen will keep it soft, smooth, and touchable - ideal for both you and your significant other.
- Drink plenty of water
Because skin cells are 90% water, drinking enough water every day will keep your skin healthy; similarly, being hydrated from the inside out will prevent beard hair breaking. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
This may seem excessive, but a good beard begins with a healthy physique. Dehydration is common during the summer, which can make your hair brittle and more prone to breaking. The simplest approach to condition it is to make sure you drink enough water.
- Trim your beard if necessary
Beards can actually help you beat the heat in the summer. They provide natural sun protection, with up to 21 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), and there's nothing like getting that thing wet and walking around — the water evaporates, providing a lovely cooling effect.
However, you are only human. If you've been besieged by beard itch, you can tame the beast without completely sacrificing it. Trim your beard but leave 1-2 inches of stubble remaining so you have some studly stubble.
Continue to use beard oil to keep both your skin and your newly clipped beard nourished.
If irritation persists despite your best efforts, it may be necessary to make a compromise and clip your whiskers to a length of 1-2 inches. This will help your skin to breathe more freely and be easier to clean, as well as allowing you to fast regrow when the seasons change.
While a warm, woodsy oil is ideal for the winter, if you're going to massage something into your face on a hot summer morning, make it pleasant. Replace your beard oil with a lighter citrus alternative.
Extra tip: For coarser hair, trim off broken ends and use something heavier, such as beard balm.